Juwan Howard consoles the Tennessee player

Saturday’s NCAA Tournament slate kicked off with defending national champion Baylor falling to North Carolina 93-86 in overtime, making the Bears the first No. 1 seed to lose.

Brady Manek had 26 points for the Heels before being ejected midway through the second half after being called for a Flagrant 2 elbow. RJ Davis led North Carolina with 30 points and Armando Bacot contributed with 15 points , 16 rebounds and three blocks.

Baylor, who got 27 points from Adam Flagler, erased a 25-point deficit as Baylor tied the score at 80 with 15 seconds left.

Their Big 12 rival and fellow No. 1 seed Kansas avoided the same fate when the Jayhawks beat Creighton.

The Cinderellas also take center stage, with No. 11 Michigan taking on Tennessee in South Region action, No. 12 Richmond vs. Providence, No. 15 Saint Peter’s, who eliminated Kentucky from amazing way, trying again against Murray State and New Mexico State. , a 12 seed in the West, taking on Arkansas.

Gonzaga, seeded at the top of the overall standings, wraps up the night’s action against a talented team from Memphis.

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Juwan Howard consoles Tennessee star after Michigan anger

Michigan was on the verge of missing the NCAA Tournament last week. Now the No. 11 Wolverines head to the Sweet 16 after ousting No. 3 Tennessee, 76-68.

But instead of celebrating with his team after the win, Juwan Howard wrapped his arms around Tennessee freshman star Kennedy Chandler, who wept into his jersey.

Tennessee guard Kennedy Chandler sobs in the arms of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard after their NCAA Tournament game.

The visual of Howard consoling Chandler after the game was a powerful moment of sportsmanship. It was a stark contrast to the actions that cost Howard a five-game regular-season suspension for a physical confrontation with the Wisconsin coaching staff in February.

-Scott Gleeson, Cydney Henderson

Kim Mulkey emotional as LSU women avoid historic Jackson State upset

Jackson State was on course to be the first No. 14 seed to win the NCAA Tournament. The JSU Tigers led No. 3 LSU by 10 points with fewer minutes left before the LSU Tigers closed out the game on a 19-3 run to fend off the upset, 83-77.

Head coach Kim Mulkey, wearing a black and gold sequined blazer, displayed a range of emotions during the match. At one point, when Ryann Payne fouled out in the fourth quarter, Mulkey seemed on the verge of tears.

The victory marks Mulkey’s first victory in an NCAA tournament at LSU.

– Cydney Henderson

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey calls out his team during the first half of a women's college basketball game against Jackson State.

Kansas makes history with win over Creighton

No. 1 Kansas is tied atop college basketball’s all-time winning list after beating No. 9 Creighton 79-72 to advance to its first Sweet 16 since 2018. Remy Martin scored 20 points and Ochai Agbaji added 15 points.

The Jayhawks now have a total of 2,353 wins, tied with Kentucky for the most wins of all time. The Wildcats were eliminated in the first round by 15th seeded St. Peter’s.

Kansas will face Richmond or Providence in the Sweet 16 round.

– Cydney Henderson

Full-strength UConn starts NCAA Tournament with Mercer rout

Paige Bueckers started and scored 12 points as UConn began its run to a 12th NCAA Tournament title with an 83-38 first-round rout of No. 15 seed Mercer on Saturday.

Last season’s National Player of the Year played 25 minutes, the most in six games since returning from a left knee injury that kept her out for more than two months. She also had five assists and four rebounds.

Christyn Williams had 13 points to lead the Huskies (26-5), who opened the tournament with a win for the 28th straight time. Dorka Juhasz added 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Huskies led 43-23 at halftime, then shut out Mercer 20-0 in the third quarter.

The Huskies improved to 126-21 in the NCAA Tournament and 29-2 in their opener

– Associated press

Villanova upsets sixth seed BYU

Maddy Siegrist scored 25 points and 11th-seeded Villanova rallied to beat No. 6 seed BYU 61-57 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.

Kaitlyn Oriehl added 10 points and Lucy Olsen had nine for the Wildcats, who finished second in the Big East.

The Wildcats will face the winner of the third seed from Michigan and the 14th seed from the USA on Monday.

– Associated press

UNC sends Baylor seed package #1; on the Sweet 16

North Carolina set up an offensive clinic early to build a 25-point lead before delaying an inspired rally that forced overtime, eluding defending national champion Baylor 93-86 on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Fort Worth, TX.

The Bears, the first No. 1 seed to fall in March Madness, were poised to pull off the biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history by coming back in thrilling fashion in the final six minutes of the game. The No. 8-seeded Tar Heels, a bubble team earlier this month, qualified for the Sweet 16 in the East Region.

Despite a huge lead and a completely baffled game in the final minutes of regulation, North Carolina found a way to eliminate the upset in overtime. UNC guard RJ Davis made a three-point playoff with 1:18 remaining in overtime for a play that gave the Tar Heels a six-point advantage and proved to be the deciding factor.

-Scott Gleeson

Kansas State Women Use Lee’s Big Game To Advance

Ayoka Lee had 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Kansas State No. 9 overcame a frustrating defensive plan by Washington State’s No. 8 and won 50-40 in the first round of the women’s tournament. the NCAA on Saturday.

Lee, a second-team AP All-America selection, had just one shot from the floor in the first half but rallied in the second to lead the Wildcats (20-11) to their first tournament victory since 2017. Brylee Glenn added 14 points for Kansas State.

The Wildcats will face the winner of the game between No. 1 NC State and No. 16 Longwood on Monday in Raleigh.

– Associated press

North Carolina over No. 1 seed Baylor

Baylor, the defending national champion, is 20 minutes away from being the first No. 1 seed to be ousted from the tournament. The Tar Heels led 42-29 at the break in their second-round game in the East Region.

The Tar Heels are paced by RJ Davis, who hit 4 for 6 from 3-point range and has 17 points. Brady Manek has nine points for Carolina.

Adam Flagler has six points for Baylor, which shot 40% in the half and has just two assists on its 12 baskets.

-Scooby Axson

Kansas one step closer to history

The all-time winning record in college basketball history is set to be held by Kansas.

With a second-round win over Creighton, the Jayhawks will take their win total to 2,353, tying Kentucky for the most wins of all time. The Wildcats failed to extend their lead when they lost to 15th-seeded St. Peter’s in the first round.

North Carolina is third all-time with 2,319 wins.

The No. 12 seed from Richmond, NM looks to continue Cinderella races

BUFFALO, NY — Richmond won an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game for the first time since 2011. To some, that may seem like a long time.

Just try saying this to New Mexico State: The Aggies have won the tournament for the first time since – drum roll, please – 1993.

On Saturday, those 12 seeds will play against 4 seeds for spots in the Sweet 16: Richmond vs. Providence, New Mexico State vs. Arkansas.

“To have the opportunity to go to the Sweet 16 is everything you dream of as a kid,” Richmond guard Jacob Gilyard said Friday. “That’s kind of why you play basketball.”

New Mexico State Guard Sir’Jabari Rice understands that feeling of nostalgia.

“After winning one game,” he said, “what’s the point of losing the next one?

-Erik Brady

Duke has the talent to make a title run for Coach K, but inexperience remains the wild card

GREENVILLE, SC — Sometimes talent alone is more than enough.

There’s no doubt about it: Duke’s roster is not lacking in talent, with no less than five contributors entered in the first round of the NBA draft. Instead, what the No. 2 Blue Devils lack is experience, making them perhaps the most unique NCAA tournament group in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s near-full tenure.

With such a young roster, every high-pressure tournament game could bring Duke closer to the full potential of Krzyzewski’s final team.

“I think what sets us apart is that we feel like we haven’t reached our full potential yet,” junior forward Wendell Moore said. “We haven’t reached the best possible team yet. I mean, we’ve seen glimpses of it.

-Paul Myerberg

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